Psychology courses in the UK look at the scientific study of the mind, focussing on emotions, motivations and human choices through research, data analysis and case studies. If you are you interested in studying psychology in the UK, you will need an IELTS score of at least 6.0 and A-levels in a science subject such as chemistry, physics or maths.
Psychology graduates can progress into a wide variety of different positions including clinical, educational and forensic psychology, or broader fields such as counselling, human resources and careers advisor.
Do you want to apply to study psychology? Learn more about the top five UK universities for psychology (2020 Guardian University Guide) below and arrange a free consultation with SI-UK in London or Manchester today to get your application started.
Top Five UK Universities for Psychology
1. University of Oxford
Undergraduate psychology at the University of Oxford is taught as a scientific discipline and covers the core research areas of abnormal, biological, cognitive, developmental and social psychology in an intellectually stimulating manner. Oxford is one of the most famous universities in the world, and is currently ranked 1st in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020.
- Undergraduate course to consider: BA in Psychology, Philosophy and Linguistics
2. University of St Andrews
The School of Psychology & Neuroscience at the University of St Andrews has a long and distinguished history and excellent modern facilities. The standard of research at the School has been rated as consistently excellent and they have been placed in the top category in every research assessment exercises undertaken, an achievement held by only three other departments of psychology in the UK. St Andrews is one of the oldest universities in the world (founded 1413) and the best ranked UK university in Scotland.
- Undergraduate course to consider: BSc (Hons) Psychology
3. University of Bath
The University of Bath Psychology Department is world-renowned for its excellence in both teaching and research. One of its key strengths is expertise in a broad spectrum of topics in psychology with people who work together across the traditional boundaries. Bath is a top ten UK university (Guardian University Guide 2020) as being in the top five for Graduate Prospects (Times & Sunday Times University Guide).
- Postgraduate course to consider: Psychology MSci (Hons) – 5 years including placement year
4. University of Cambridge
In the most recent QS World University Rankings by Subject, Cambridge was adjudged to be third best university in the world for the study of psychology. The Department's research has a major impact on the science of psychology and has been translated into many practical applications. In terms of degrees, the Psychological and Behavioural Sciences programme covers topics such as cognitive psychology, language and brain mechanisms.
- Undergraduate course to consider: Psychological and Behavioural Sciences
5. University College London
University College London (UCL) is the top-ranked university in the UK for research in psychology, and the UCL Division of Psychology and Language Sciences offers teaching programmes in the areas of mind, behaviour and language. In the most recent Times Higher Education World Rankings, psychology at the University was ranked 4th, the best in the UK.
- Undergraduate course to consider: Psychology BSc
Study Psychology in the UK
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